Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument: Zinke did not specify how much land could be removed from the 86,774-acre national monument but recommends more areas be opened for timber harvesting. Zinke also noted that privately owned lands are inside the monument that straddles the California-Oregon state line.
Gold Butte National Monument: Zinke also does not specify how much land could be removed from the nearly 300,000-acre national monument in southeastern Nevada, but notes the area's protected status conflicts with the city of Mesquite's water rights.
Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll national monuments: Zinke recommends boundary changes to these two marine national monuments, which collectively, span more than 322 million acres. The boundary change could encourage more commercial fishing.
Katahdin Woods and Waters: An 87,500-acre monument in Maine created by Obama in 2016 should be reopened to timber harvesting.
Northeast Canyons and Seamounts: Another monument created by Obama in 2016, this 3.1 million-acre marine monument off Cape Cod, Mass., should be reopened to "well-regulated commercial fishing."
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks: Created by Obama in 2014, this 496,529-acre monument in New Mexico near the Mexico border is being used as a "drug-smuggling route," Zinke alleged, suggesting its status be reviewed by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.
Rio Grande Del Norte: Created by Obama in 2013, this quarter million-acre monument in New Mexico should be opened to more grazing.
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Natural Resources Defense Council Inc. et al v. Donald J. Trump et al filed by The Wilderness Society, National Parks Conservation Association, Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Trust, Defenders of Wildlife, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Western Watersheds Project, WildEarth Guardians, Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.
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UPHOLD THE GRAND CANYON MINING BAN: The U.S. 9th Circuit Court on Dec. 12 upheld a 20-year ban to prevent a uranium mine six miles from Grand Canyon National Park from opening but allowed another to mine without updating a 1986 environmental review. The Court also affirmed the Department of the Interior's ability to create or remove such bans. Secretary Ryan Zinke has indicated he may do just that. Conservation groups, public land advocates and area tribes are mounting a petition drive to convince Zinke to keep the Grand Canyon mining ban in place. For more information, click here.
STOP EPA APPROVAL OF PEBBLE MINE: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to do away with previous environmental assessments and give two Canadian companies the green light to begin construction of a 410-square-mile open-pit gold and copper mine on state-owned land in Alaska's Bristol Bay. The mine would degrade habitat and endanger a watershed where nearly 60 million sockeye salmon spawn every year. Conservation groups, public land advocates and area tribes are mounting a petition drive to save Bristol Bay's salmon. For more information, click here.